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Diagnostic Tests for Blood pressure symptoms

Diagnostic Test list for Blood pressure symptoms:

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Blood pressure symptoms includes:

  • Physical examination
    • Blood pressure - sitting and standing in both arms.
      • If initial reading is high ( diastolic over 90mmHg and/or systolic over 140mmHg) - repeat the measurement after 5 minutes of rest.
      • If only systolic reading is high may suggest hyperthyroidism, aortic insufficiency and arteriosclerotic aortitis
      • If high blood pressure is paroxysmal may suggest phaeochromocytoma
      • If blood pressure is high in arms but normal when taken in legs suggests coarctation of the aorta
    • Measure BMI using weight and height
    • Examine for possible organ damage due to high blood pressure and also for possible secondary causes of high blood pressure
    • Examine the back of the eyes for retinal damage due to blood pressure
    • Compare timing of radial and femoral pulses. If not synchronous, suggests coarctation of aorta
    • Cardiovascular examination including heart rate and rhythm, signs of enlarged heart and heart murmurs
    • Lung examination for signs of congestive heart failure e.g. crackles in lung bases
    • Abdominal examination for enlargement of the aorta (suggestive of aortic aneurysm), enlarged liver ( suggestive of alcoholism) and flank mass. The presence of a flank mass should suggest kidney cancer, hydronephrosis and polycystic kidneys
    • Examine the legs for evidence of peripheral vascular disease e.g. absent or reduced pulses and loss of hair on legs
    • 24 hour Blood pressure monitoring - can be useful in diagnosis of high blood pressure (including "white coat" hypertension) and in evaluating the results of medication.
    • Urine analysis - testing for glucose, protein, white cells, blood.
    • Urine microscopy - looking for red and white cells and casts.
    • Urine culture - only if urine analysis is abnormal.
    • Other Urine tests - 24 hour urinary catecholamines, 24 hour urinary aldosterone level, 24 hour urinary free cortisol only if specifically indicated.
  • Blood tests
  • Radiological investigations
    • Chest X-Ray ( to detect enlarged heart)
  • Other investigations are not routine and should only be performed is specifically indicated e.g. renal ultrasound scan , intravenous pyelogram (IVP), retrograde pyelography, MRI angiography and renal angiography, Cystoscopy

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Blood pressure symptoms causes:

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Blood pressure symptoms:

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